Clevo's venerable X7200 notebook has gotten more than a little long in the tooth. The desktop hardware-based behemoth has been sporting the X58 chipset and support for LGA1366 processors pretty much since launch, despite the availability of Sandy Bridge processors and 6 series chipsets. Since mainstream hardware just isn't punchy enough for Clevo, they've now released a refresh to the X7200 in the form of the P270WM.

While we don't have any good photos of the new kit yet, we do know AVADirect will be among the first if not the first to have the new notebook available. They'll be shipping the P270WM with NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 580M standard; not a bad choice, as our testing showed the 580M inching out AMD's Radeon HD 6990M as the fastest single mobile GPU on the market. Users craving as much power as humanly possible will be able to spec the P270WM with a pair of 580Ms in SLI along with up to a Sandy Bridge-E Intel Core i7-3960X.

Where things get really interesting is that, judging from the photos AVADirect sent us, Clevo has finally given the X7200 a much-needed sprucing up. The P270WM includes not just a backlit keyboard, but in a bid to finally satisfy our Jarred Walton, the keyboard itself has been completely redesigned and now includes a layout that's actually functional.

Gallery: Clevo P270WM

Everything else about the P270WM should seem pretty familiar for users who already know the X7200: 17.3" screen at 1080p, punishing 12.13 pound body weight, three 2.5" drive bays, and four SO-DIMM slots to populate Sandy Bridge-E's quad channel memory controller.

Just like every other aspect of the P270WM, though, the pricetag isn't for the faint of heart: pre-orders start at a whopping $3,122 and are expected to ship around early March. Hopefully we'll have one in hand for review in time for launch.

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  • laytoncy - Monday, February 06, 2012 - link

    It looks like you can find it at http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np9270-clevo-p270wm-s... as well starting at $2819. Reply
  • Freakie - Tuesday, February 07, 2012 - link

    Yeah I'm always a bit confused why Anandtech focuses so heavily on AVA and Cyberpower, especially for laptops. Sager is almost always cheaper (or same price when it is not cheaper) and they seem to be much nicer to the customers :P Add that with Xotic's own customer support and upgrade prices, you'd be crazy to buy any Clevo barebone from anyone else.

    On a side note... really wish they would either finally get rid of the fingerprint reader built into the trackpad area, or move it off to the side. About my biggest complaint for Clevo computers xP
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  • JarredWalton - Tuesday, February 07, 2012 - link

    Mostly because those companies care to give us information and let us know what's happening with their products. Ultimately, Sager, AVADirect and several other companies ship the identical laptop with minor rebranding, so when something actually becomes available and we review it, that's when we start checking prices. In the past when I've looked, the difference between Sager and AVADirect -- once you give identical equipment including the OS -- is usually so small that the real differentiator is which company you trust more. Reply
  • Freakie - Wednesday, February 08, 2012 - link

    I see your point. I looked into it a bit further and apparently Sager doesn't really release press releases, and choses to just show updates on their own website/leave it to the companies that sell their laptops to advertise it. And given the fact that it seems like, at the time of this article, only AVADirect and Sager seem to be the big players that have announced it, it isn't too strange that you guys only mention AVADirect. Though I doubt it would hurt to expand on "we do know AVADirect will be among the first if not the first to have the new notebook available" by mentioning that at least Sager may be that other "first to have" as they already put up the same laptop on their site! =P Reply
  • wwitb - Saturday, January 05, 2013 - link

    "Product not found!"

    Ouch...
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  • Solidstate89 - Monday, February 06, 2012 - link

    Christ, it looks as thick as Panasonic toughbook. Reply
  • DanNeely - Tuesday, February 07, 2012 - link

    What do you expect when it has a 130W TDP processor inside. Reply
  • scottjames_12 - Tuesday, February 07, 2012 - link

    Not to mention potentially 2x 100W TDP GTX 580M's..

    The power brick on this thing would be monstrous!
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  • prophet001 - Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - link

    Does anyone have one of these or something comparable and able to speak to the usability of this monster?

    I don't know how enjoyable it would be playing games for long periods (MMOs) with a laptop that's nigh on 3" tall :/

    Does anyone have any experience with this?
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